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Issues and Insights

This page provides links to recent articles, reports and announcements relating to transportation policy, legislation and research. The entries are drawn from a wide range of sources, including national newspapers, magazines and websites. If you come across interesting transportation reading that might deserve posting here, let us know at [email protected]

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MTA plans 5.5% fare hike next year, needs $600M more to plug deficit Gothamist, 11/30/22 - The MTA plans to raise fares and tolls by 5.5% next June to help plug a major budget deficit caused by dwindling ridership since the start of the pandemic. The hike is larger than the 4% fare and toll increases the MTA put in place every two years from 2009 to 2019.
Railroads to settle years-long dispute over Gulf Coast passenger service The Washington Post, 11/23/22 - An agreement between Amtrak, CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern offers a path to the return of passenger trains along a 140-mile route from New Orleans to Mobile, Ala., 17 years after Hurricane Katrina flooded the region’s rail infrastructure.
Cobb County votes to begin planning on transit tax referendum Marietta Daily Journal, 11/22/22 - Cobb County commissioners took another step toward a 2024 vote on a sales tax increase to expand mass transit. The county will pursue a broader, transit-focused referendum as opposed to a more limited referendum focused on trails and road improvements.
These Cities Have the Best Public Transit Systems Bloomberg CityLab, 11/21/22 - A new report ranks post-pandemic transportation — and who’s best prepared for getting residents around town in the future.
Doomsday scenario for sinking Bay Area transit: No weekend BART, bus lines cancelled or a taxpayer bailout. The Mercury News, 11/20/22 - At the heart of these transit planning scenarios is a clarion call from the region’s transportation planners: They need more money – a lot of it – not to build shiny new stations, or fashion a second tunnel under the bay, but just to keep their systems running.
Metro Service to DC’s Dulles Airport Finally Arrives, 60 Years in the Making Bloomberg CityLab, 11/15/22 - Riders on the US capital’s new Silver Line will be able to take a train to their planes. Why are direct rail connections to American airports still so rare?
It’s Been a Good Election Year for Transportation Funding Route Fifty, 11/10/22 - Across the country, 14 out of 19 measures to back public transit passed. More broadly, voters approved 88% of state and local proposals to boost or maintain spending on roads and other transportation infrastructure,
Traffic deaths in NYC still 14% higher than pre-pandemic levels, latest data shows Gothamist, 11/3/22 - The number of people who have died on city streets in traffic collisions so far this year is down slightly from last year, but still 14% higher than pre-pandemic levels.
The driver of the big rig one lane over might soon be one of these teenagers NPR, 10/28/22 - The federal government is piloting a three-year apprentice program that will allow 18- to 20-year-olds to drive commercial vehicles on interstate routes, opening up career opportunities for high school graduates that didn't exist before.
Beyond Catastrophe: A New Climate Reality Is Coming Into View New York Times, Oct. 26, 2022 - You can never really see the future, only imagine it, then try to make sense of the new world when it arrives... With the world already 1.2 degrees hotter, scientists believe that warming this century will most likely fall between two or three degrees.
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